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Thursday, May 23, 2013


(Back: Arno Wagenaar, Kamini Govender, Shirvedh Pillay, Sashin Kandhai, Prenasha Govindasamy, Rowin Munsamy, Christiaan du Plessis and Calavani Govender. Front: Renaldo Mudaly, Camilla Wolfson and Irinka Nelson)

ScruffySessions Productions in collaboration with Xtraordinaire Dance Company (X.D.C) presents Consenting Silence: Shanti Manjur at the Square Space Theatre.

Written by Verne Munsamy and choreographed by Sashin Kandhai, this Bollywood-styled epic graces the stages of Durban, complete with high octane, spectacular dance routines coupled with the turmoil or a love story of young university students, Manish and Damini. The production journeys through the events of young heroine Damini's life struggles as well as her inner and outer conflict with her father, friends and love.

“Supported by her ever-loving Grandmother, the love story of Damini and Manish is one painted with shades of youthful love, lust, rivalry, outdated customs and consenting silence,” explains Verne Munsamy. “But more than that, it ignites a society's response to foolish follies of our youth and the blossoming friendships that these tragic seeds plant.”

Seasoned with authentic Bollywood flare, this show offers not only a collision of filmic and theatrical devices but also a collision between tradition, culture and modern practices.

Although it has a multiracial cast of 14, Consenting Silence is set in the heart of India and in true Bollywood fashion, there are ups, downs and a hopeful ending to look forward to.

“The heroine, Damini, and this story, is our tribute to our sisters who have lost the battle against violence and abuse. …it is our way of showing that the war still rages on,” says Munsamy.

Consenting Silence runs at the Square Space Theatre at the Drama department of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College Campus from May 25 to June 1. Starting times: Monday to Friday at 19h00 with Saturday and Sunday shows at 15h00. Tickets R60 and R40. For bookings call 083 763 6292 (during working hours) or email